If you’re still working out in sweatpants and a T-shirt, you’re missing out.
The number of sportswear and activewear brands have increased greatly over the last few years, as the interest in all things health and wellness too has increased. But instead of just offering simple tights and yoga pants, to stand out, brands are looking to offer more through their pieces. The clothing is no longer just about helping you look cute, but it will also help you recover faster, sweat a lot less profusely and even protect your skin. Check out the brands and the pieces they sell that are doing a lot more than offering simple support and style — they’re helping to change the way you get active in activewear.
Reebok’s PureMove Bra
There is a science to the type of support Reebok‘s new PureMove Bra provides. After finding that one in five women avoid exercise because they don’t have the right sports bra, Reebok decided to do some serious research to help change that. They teamed with the University of Delaware, who stepped away from the standard two to four motion sensors used on the chest to track bounce and support when creating bras, to upping it to 54 “unique” motion sensors to ensure that every detail, aka, every bounce, was covered. The new bra also provides breathable perforations in the front and back to keep you cool and ventilated, and a natural shaping meant to feel like a second skin so you don’t end up uncomfortable. The bra, despite its complexity, is also minimally constructed, using only seven pieces of fabric for a seamless fit. The bra will be available on August 17 for $60 on Reebok.com.
A newer brand on the scene, Caliloko is all about incorporating compression technology into shapewear designs. With all that built in, recovery time after a workout is faster, muscle injuries are avoided, and soreness? What soreness? Not to mention, blood circulation is activated, helping to eliminate toxins and keep swelling at bay. The pieces have a unique knit look thanks to the premium yarns used, and they sculpt the body well, while also having moisture-wicking, anti-bacterial and sun protection capabilities. The clothes are quite comfortable and stand up to the most rigorous of workouts, as well as the most simple ones, too ($12-$145).
Aside from offering pieces that look like they could go from the gym to the club (just kidding, you should probably take a shower before doing all of that), Khloe Kardashian’s new Good American activewear line offers not just compression technology, 4-way stretch (to keep the material from going sheer on you and showing your undergarments), fast-drying properties and sizes ranging from XS to 4XL, but it also provides some serious UV protection. That option is pretty important if you plan on enjoying a number of outdoor workouts and want to get some vitamin D, but not too much ($45-$149).
Nike Pro HyperCool
For the record, Nike pretty much revolutionized the dry-wicking activewear option, allowing you to not to find your workout clothes sopping wet after an especially intense workout. They continue to upgrade that property through the HyperCool line. Take for example the super cute HyperCool women’s long sleeve training top, which is light and engineered to offer you the chance to stay cool while giving it your all in everything from cross-fit training to hardcore cardio sessions ($60).
They look simple enough, but SweetFlexx tights help you burn calories, even if you aren’t actually working out. The brand has found a way to integrate — get this — resistance bands into the clothing. Every step you take will be with a light amount of resistance applied, helping you to shape and tone your legs and even work out your core muscles ($72).